News that a charter plane carrying players and officials of Brazilian Serie A side Chapecoense had crashed in Colombia late on Monday, killing 71 of the 77 passengers on board, has stunned the small southern Brazilian city of Chapeco.
With just six survivors from the crash in a mountainous area south of Medellin, Colombia, only three Chapecoense players survived.
[ MORE: Latest news on plane crash ]
The upstart club had punched above its weight to reach Brazil’s top-flight in 2013 for the first time since 1979. Chapecoense was on a fairytale run to the Copa Sudamericana final.
It was due to play the first leg of the final (the South American equivalent of the UEFA Europa League) on Wednesday against Atletico Nacional from Medellin, Colombia but following the plane crash all games in South America have now been postponed by the governing body, CONMEBOL, and Nacional have asked for the Copa Sudamericana to be awarded to Chapecoense.
[ MORE: World soccer in mourning ]
Above is a video which shows Chapecoense fans congregating at the clubs home stadium to pray and mourn for those lost.
[ MORE: “The Leicester City of Brazil” ]